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Court Says MN-2 Must Vote November 3

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U.S. Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) speaks in support of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) during a campaign rally at First Avenue on January 17, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

By Monday, 26 October 2020 06:47 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Rep. Angie Craig and her fellow Minnesota Democrats got their wishes last week, as the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling ordering the election in Craig’s Second District to be held November 3.

Sources in Minnesota who spoke to Newsmax agreed that this ruling helps Craig’s bid for a second term.

For weeks, there has been doubt as to whether the election would be held November 3 or February 9.

Because of the death in September of U.S. House nominee Adam Weeks of the Legal Marijuana Now Party, an obscure 2013 law went into effect requiring the election to be pushed three months if a major party candidate dies within 79 days of election.

Since the Legal Marijuana Now Party drew 5 percent of the vote in the previous statewide election, it is recognized as a major party in Minnesota, hence the delay for Craig and Republican Tyler Kistner — even though ballots have been printed up for November with the names of Weeks and the other party nominees.

Clearly sensing that she would be more vulnerable in February as a solo target of Republicans than in November with all other 434 U.S. Representatives on the ballot, Craig went to court.

“People from the Second District who listened to the media and Secretary of State Steve Simon and skipped voting in that race, because they were told the 2nd District  results would not be counted on the November ballot, will find out too late to re-vote,” veteran Gopher State conservative activist John Augustine told Newsmax. “That’s because absentee-ballot counting has already begun this year, due to state legislation passed relating to COVID.  So Tyler Kistner is getting robbed of a fair chance against Craig this year.”

Kistner told reporters he is appealing the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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